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New Bioscience Education Center Dedicated on Germantown Campus

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Category: Features

Published: 2014-09-12 00:00:01.000

Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard and the College's Board of Trustees dedicated the new Bioscience Education Center on the Germantown Campus on Wednesday in front of elected officials, business executives, students and alumni.

The state of the art 145,000 square-foot building allows Montgomery College to provide education in the sciences to meet the county's need for a highly skilled and knowledgeable STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workforce.

For pictures of the dedication ceremony, click here:

"Our Bioscience Education Center will fortify our workforce from lab bench workers to the next generation of scientists," Dr. Pollard said during the ceremony held in the building's spacious conference center. "It will fuel our economy. It will drive new discoveries and open new vistas."

The three-story building represents an $87.9 million investment in STEM education and workforce development. The Bioscience Education Center houses:

*six general purpose classrooms,
*eight recitation rooms,
*25 wet laboratories,
*a science learning center,
*a detached greenhouse complex,
*48 offices
*a 4,115-square-foot meeting room (conference center) and
*five break-out rooms.

Throughout the facility, 700 electronic devices, including Smart Instructor Work Stations, computers and monitors will support activities in the classrooms and labs.

The building's biotechnology laboratories were designed to provide instruction meeting industry standards, including dedicated space for teaching cell culture, biomanufacturing , genetic diagnostics and more.

"We are not your average college, and this is not your average bioscience education building," said Dr. Collins R. Jones, professor of biotechnology. "This building has greatly surpassed our expectations."

The projected LEED Gold-certified center features numerous sustainable elements, including roof-mounted wind turbines, a 30KW grid-connected photovoltaic solar panel system, and a high performance mechanical system with ice production/storage and ammonia chillers. More than 75 acres of mature forest and a stream valley buffer will be preserved on the Germantown Campus.

For President Emeritus Hercules Pinkney, the dedication ceremony was a very special day. In his role as Vice President and Provost of the Germantown Campus, Dr. Pinkney was the College's point person for the Bioscience Education and Conference Center.

"The many months and years we spent planning this building and to see it in reality, it's just overwhelming... and I am just so appreciative to have had the opportunity to be a part of a facility that is going to reap benefits for our county in the years to come and for our students, as well as for the local economy," he said.

Photo Credits: Pete Vidal.

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